Postpayment Service-Specific Probe Results for Surgical Services, Extracapsular Cataract Removal with Insertion for January through March 2021


Palmetto GBA performed service-specific post payment probe review on CPT 66984, Extracapsular Cataract Removal with Insertion. This edit was set in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The results for the probe review for claims processed January through March 2021, are presented here.

Cumulative Results 
A total of 2508 claims were reviewed, with 128 of the claims either completely or partially denied, resulting in an overall claim denial rate of 5.10 percent. The total dollars reviewed was $1,493,996.83, of which $76,598.10 was denied, resulting in a charge denial rate of 5.13 percent. Overall, there were a total of 244 auto denied claims in the region.

North Carolina Results
A total of 1258 claims were reviewed, with 48 of the claims either completely or partially denied. This resulted in a claim denial rate of 3.82 percent. The total dollars reviewed was $739,190.06, of which $29,021.15 was denied, resulting in a charge denial rate of 3.93 percent. The top denial reasons identified, based on dollars denied:

Percent of Total Denials

Denial Code

Denial Description

Number of Occurrences

83.33%

NOTML

Payer Deems the Information Submitted Does Not Support Medical Necessity of the Services Billed

40

6.25%

NOSIG

Requested Info Not Received; Documentation Lacks the Necessary Provider Signature

3

6.25%

WRONG

Invalid Signature; Documentation Not Signed by the Billing Provider

3

4.17%

BILER

The Provider Indicated the Claim Was Billed in Error

2

South Carolina Results
A total of 429 claims were reviewed, with 40 of the claims either completely or partially denied. This resulted in a claim denial rate of 9.32 percent. The total dollars reviewed was $254,154.47, of which $23,960.56 was denied, resulting in a charge denial rate of 9.43 percent. The top denial reasons identified, based on dollars denied:  

Percent of Total Denials

Denial Code

Denial Description

Number of Occurrences

45.00%

NOTML

Payer Deems the Information Submitted Does Not Support Medical Necessity of the Services Billed

18

35.00%

NODOC

No or Partial Documentation Received

14

10.00%

BILER

The Provider Indicated the Claim Was Billed in Error

4

7.50%

NOSIG

Requested Info Not Received; Documentation Lacks the Necessary Provider Signature

3

2.50%

DNSRP

Information Submitted Contains an Invalid or Illegible Provider Signature

1

Virginia Results
A total of 469 claims were reviewed, with 25 of the claims either completely or partially denied. This resulted in a claim denial rate of 5.33 percent. The total dollars reviewed was $290,314.65, of which $14,972.06 was denied, resulting in a charge denial rate of 5.16 percent. The top denial reasons identified, based on dollars denied:  

Percent of Total Denials

Denial Code

Denial Description

Number of Occurrences

88.00%

NOTML

Payer Deems the Information Submitted Does Not Support Medical Necessity of the Services Billed

22

8.00%

NODOC

Documentation Requested for This Date of Service Was Not Received or Was Incomplete

2

4.00%

NOSIG

Requested Info Not Received; Documentation Lacks the Necessary Provider Signature

1

West Virginia Results
A total of 352 claims were reviewed, with 15 of the claims either completely or partially denied. This resulted in a claim denial rate of 4.26 percent. The total dollars reviewed was $210,337.65, of which $8,644.33 was denied, resulting in a charge denial rate of 4.11 percent. The top denial reasons identified, based on dollars denied:  

Percent of Total Denials

Denial Code

Denial Description

Number of Occurrences

73.33%

BILER

The Provider Indicated the Claim Was Billed in Error

11

13.33%

NOTML

Payer Deems the Information Submitted Does Not Support Medical Necessity of the Services Billed

2

13.33%

NOSIG

Requested Info Not Received; Documentation Lacks the Necessary Provider Signature

2

Denial Reasons and Prevention Recommendations

BILER — Claim Billed in Error per Provider

  • Prior to billing claims, review the information to determine that the correct information is listed in the appropriate fields
  • For all claims previously billed and denied by medical review, do not resubmit the claims. If you disagree with the decision from Medical Review, you must submit the appropriate documentation with a completed redetermination request form to the appeals department. This information can be sent by fax to JM Part B Appeals (803) 699–2427, JJ Part B Appeals (803) 870–0139, or RRB Appeals (803) 462–2218.
  • If documentation indicates that both an NPP and a physician performed the service, and the claim is billed under the physician’s NPI, the billing physician must sign the record. Additionally, the documentation must include a statement that the billing provider had face-to-face contact with the patient and performed a substantive portion of the E/M visit. (A substantive portion of the E/M visit includes at least one of the three key components: history, exam or medical decision-making.)
  • If documentation occurs in a teaching environment, review the documentation to ensure that the billing provider has provided a teaching attestation and a signature

DNSRP — Documentation Not Signed by the Rendering Provider

NODOC — Documentation Requested for This Date of Service Was Not Received or Was Incomplete, Therefore We Are Unable to Make a Reasonable and Necessary Determination (as defined under Section 1862(a) (1) (A) of the ACT) for the Service Billed and This Service Has Been Denied

  • Submit all documentation related to the services billed within 45 days of the date on the ADR letter
  • Review documentation prior to submission to ensure that the documentation is complete and that all dates of service requested are included
  • Include any additional information pertinent to the date of service requested to support the services billed. For example: original chart notes, diagnostic, radiological or laboratory results.
  • For claims denied with a M127 or N29 code listed on the remittance advice, be sure to submit all documentation for all dates of service on that claim with a reopen/redetermination request form by fax to JM Part B (803) 699–2427, JJ Part B (803) 870–0139, or RRB Appeals (803) 462–2218.

NOSIG — Documentation Lacks the Necessary Provider's Signature

NOTML — Per Applicable LCD, Payer Deems the Information Submitted Does Not Support the Medical Necessity of the Services Billed

  • Ensure that all documentation to support medical necessity of the service billed is submitted for review. This includes original chart notes and any diagnostic, radiological or laboratory results.
  • Verify that documentation to support the level of service billed is included. Please refer to our website for documentation requirements.

WRONG — Documentation Received Contains an Incorrect, Incomplete or Illegible Patient Identification or Date of Service

  • Review all documentation prior to submission to ensure that it is for the correct patient and date of service
  • Ensure that patient identifiers are legible and complete
  • Ensure that the complete date of service is clearly and legibly noted on all documentation
  • Prior to billing claims, review the information to determine that the correct patient identifier and the correct date of service are listed in the appropriate field

The Next Steps
The service-specific postpayment medical review edits for Surgical Services — CPT 66984, Extracapsular Cataract Removal with Insertion in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, will be continued based on moderate charge denial rates and medium to high impact severity errors. If significant billing aberrancies are identified, provider-specific review may be initiated.

If you are dissatisfied with a claim determination you have the right to request an appeal. Palmetto GBA encourages you to review the documentation originally submitted, and if you believe you have additional supporting documentation you may include this information with your appeal. For more information related to the appeals process please refer to Redetermination:1st Level Appeal Form (PDF, 386 KB). Questions regarding this medical review can be directed to the Palmetto GBA Provider Contact Center at 855–696–0705.





Last Updated: 05/11/2021